Module: ActionController::Redirecting

Extended by:
AbstractController::Logger, RackDelegation, UrlFor
Defined in:

Instance Method Summary collapse

Methods included from ActiveSupport::Concern

append_features, extended, included

Methods included from UrlFor


Methods included from AbstractController::UrlFor


Methods included from ActionDispatch::Routing::UrlFor

#initialize, #url_for, #url_options

Methods included from ActionDispatch::Routing::PolymorphicRoutes

#polymorphic_path, #polymorphic_url

Methods included from RackDelegation

#dispatch, #reset_session, #response_body=

Instance Method Details

#redirect_to(options = {}, response_status = {}) ⇒ Object

Redirects the browser to the target specified in options. This parameter can take one of three forms:

  • Hash - The URL will be generated by calling url_for with the options.

  • Record - The URL will be generated by calling url_for with the options, which will reference a named URL for that record.

  • String starting with protocol:// (like http://) or a protocol relative reference (like //) - Is passed straight through as the target for redirection.

  • String not containing a protocol - The current protocol and host is prepended to the string.

  • Proc - A block that will be executed in the controller’s context. Should return any option accepted by redirect_to.

  • :back - Back to the page that issued the request. Useful for forms that are triggered from multiple places. Short-hand for redirect_to(request.env["HTTP_REFERER"])


redirect_to :action => "show", :id => 5
redirect_to post
redirect_to ""
redirect_to "/images/screenshot.jpg"
redirect_to articles_url
redirect_to :back
redirect_to proc { edit_post_url(@post) }

The redirection happens as a “302 Moved” header unless otherwise specified.


redirect_to post_url(@post), :status => :found
redirect_to :action=>'atom', :status => :moved_permanently
redirect_to post_url(@post), :status => 301
redirect_to :action=>'atom', :status => 302

The status code can either be a standard HTTP Status code as an integer, or a symbol representing the downcased, underscored and symbolized description. Note that the status code must be a 3xx HTTP code, or redirection will not occur.

If you are using XHR requests other than GET or POST and redirecting after the request then some browsers will follow the redirect using the original request method. This may lead to undesirable behavior such as a double DELETE. To work around this you can return a 303 See Other status code which will be followed using a GET request.


redirect_to posts_url, :status => :see_other
redirect_to :action => 'index', :status => 303

It is also possible to assign a flash message as part of the redirection. There are two special accessors for the commonly used flash names alert and notice as well as a general purpose flash bucket.


redirect_to post_url(@post), :alert => "Watch it, mister!"
redirect_to post_url(@post), :status=> :found, :notice => "Pay attention to the road"
redirect_to post_url(@post), :status => 301, :flash => { :updated_post_id => }
redirect_to { :action=>'atom' }, :alert => "Something serious happened"

When using redirect_to :back, if there is no referrer, ActionController::RedirectBackError will be raised. You may specify some fallback behavior for this case by rescuing ActionController::RedirectBackError.

# File 'actionpack/lib/action_controller/metal/redirecting.rb', line 69

def redirect_to(options = {}, response_status = {}) #:doc:
  raise"Cannot redirect to nil!") unless options
  raise AbstractController::DoubleRenderError if response_body

  self.status        = _extract_redirect_to_status(options, response_status)
  self.location      = _compute_redirect_to_location(options)
  self.response_body = "<html><body>You are being <a href=\"#{ERB::Util.h(location)}\">redirected</a>.</body></html>"